Thank you for your interest in West Chester University! We hope the following information and resources will be useful to you assist your students in the college search and application process.

Help Your Student Apply to WCU

Academic Programs
Use our Find Your Path tool to help students explore possible majors

How to Apply
We are Common-App-exclusive for first year Fall 2024 applicants

Admissions Requirements
Learn about how we evaluate applications

Application Checklist

  1. Apply online to West Chester University, via the Common App 
  2. Pay the $45 application fee or submit an approved fee waiver
  3. Submit official high school transcripts or GED
  4. Send official SAT or ACT scores*

*To be considered official, test scores must be sent from the testing agency or high school counseling office. Test scores are optional for first year Fall 2024 admission. 

Please note that letters of recommendation and essays/personal statements are not required.

WCU is a Slate School

Join us on Slate.org, a free tool that can help you schedule school visits, view student application status information, and conveniently and securely submit admissions materials. We hope this platform will provide a stronger relationship and will streamline communication between you, the school counselor, and the Office of Admissions at WCU. To get started, click “register” at the top of Slate.org.

Test Optional for Fall 2024

In a continued effort to minimize the stress of today's reality for students, submitting SAT and/or ACT scores will be an optional, not required, part of the admissions process for students applying to WCU for Fall 2024.

This change to the admissions process is made by WCU in direct response to the cancellation of testing dates across the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If they choose, students continue to have the option to submit test scores, but they will not be penalized for not doing so.

Common-App-exclusive for Fall 2024

In an effort to make the West Chester University application process easier, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is pleased to announce that for Fall 2024 first year applicants we are Common App exclusive. Students can apply on the Common App.

Fee Waivers

West Chester University recognizes the fee waiver form supplied by the College Board SAT Program Fee Service, ACT and/or the fee waiver form supplied by the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC).

Please feel free to contact our office at 610-439-3411 or ugadmiss@wcupa.edu for any additional questions regarding fee waivers.

Deferral Process

Many things change from semester to semester. For this reason, accepted students who do not attend WCU in the semester they were accepted to must reapply for admission and pay the $45 application fee.*

First year students

First year students who attended another institution will need to reapply as a transfer student using the Common Application or WCU application and pay the $45 application fee.

First year students who have not attended another institution must reapply for admission and pay the $45 application fee.*

Transfer students

Transfer students must reapply for admission to WCU and pay the $45 application fee.*

*If students used a fee waiver the first time they applied to WCU, that fee waiver will be honored again.

Housing Information

For questions about housing at WCU, please reach out to them directly:

USH Managed Housing

University-Owned Housing

AP Policy Update

AP credit policy

  • Students attending PASSHE institutions can now receive college credit for AP Exam scores of 3 and higher. 

Campus Contacts

Admissions: 610-436-3411

Financial Aid: 610-436-6952

Registrar: 610-436-3541

Academic Success Program: 610-436-3274

Honors College: 610-436-2996

Residence Life and Housing Services (university housing): 610-436-3307

University Student Housing Office (affiliated housing): 610-430-4988

Off Campus and Commuter Services: 610-436-2209

Office of Educational Accessibility: 610-436-2564

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Quick Facts

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87% of alumni are employed or in grad school
14k+ undergraduate students
670 education abroad opportunities
19:1 student: faculty ratio
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